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1950’s Inspired M6886

Hey Guys,

I’ve been sewing up a storm these past few weeks. I have several pieces to post over the next 3 weeks.

Today’s post is another M6886 dress made up in a black soft and luscious Mohair. This dress is destined to be a fast favorite.

I love this dress so much. It’s got a vintage classy vibe that takes me back to the time period that my mom was born….the 1950’s.

I love this pattern so much because it can be manipulated in so many ways designwise. By just changing up the fabric a dress made using this pattern can easily go from effortless casual to super dressy.

Pattern Adjustments

  • Because my waist sits high on my body, I removed 1.5 inches between the bust and waistline.
  • I added 1.5 inches between the waist and hips.
  • I cut a size 14 and increased the hips to a size 18.

How I Wore It

For this version I added a super long sash that can either be worn double wrapped around the waist (as shown here) or left hanging long.

This dress doesn’t need much when it comes to accessories. I added an off-white beaded statement necklace and snake print heels.

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The Button Front A-Line Maxi – Mccalls 7906

Hi Guys,

I was missing in action the last month due to a severe bout of Anxiety.

On top of losing a lot of sleep, I was experiencing chest pains, body aches, nausea, and terrified of driving or having to interact with other people.

After giving up caffeine, overhauling my diet and taking a break to get some much needed rest, I am happy to say that I am feeling so much better.

I still have a couple of cool weather pieces that I made back in February/March that I haven’t posted yet but the seasons have changed on me now. Here in GA we are about to start seeing 80 plus degree days, which are not the temps to be taking pics wearing a coat.

Today’s post is a skirt that I made for March Sew Your View on Instagram.

This skirt was a bit of a struggle for me because:

1. I don’t think that I naturally gravitate towards button front garments, particularly styles that are closer fitting. In RTW ( Ready To Wear) I always seem to have trouble with gaping in the bust and thigh areas as these are fuller parts on my frame.

2. Before this skirt I hadn’t sewn a button hole in over 20 years and back when I did years ago, I don’t remember my sewing machine making it quite so easy

3. I am an impatient sewer. I love instant gratification but pressing pleats, sewing on 7 buttons and 1 hook (which I haven’t done yet), topstitching, handstitched facings and hems do not happen instantly.

Despite my struggles, I am glad to say that I pushed through and ended up with a great a-line button front maxi skirt that I absolutely adore.

To cinch and also visually lower my high waistline I added a black belt to match my black button down shirt.

I even love the top of the waistline without belt with this style

PATTERN REVIEW

Pattern Description: Very full pleated skirts worn 2″ above the waist. I made view C/D without the carriers.

Pattern Sizing: I sewed a size 16 based on my waist measurements.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I don’t think you can tell from my picture that, this is the same skirt. The pleats really got lost in the print and mine is longer.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I don’t know why but I get so confused with pleats so I was glad to see that Brittany Jones has a tutorial for this skirt on youtube. I watched her video and also read the instructions all the way through before tackling the skirt. This made everything go so much easier.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I am an impatient seamstress so the handsewing was a challenge for me. Not the sort of project that I can whip up in 3-4 hours.

Fabric Used: A 60″ leopard print twill that I picked up from one of the local fabric outlets.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added 13 inches and reduced the hem to 1inch to get the length that I wanted.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I haven’t made a garment with buttons in over 20 years so when I saw that this was the Sew Your View project hosted on IG by ThatSewMonica for March, I thought that this was a good piece to brush up on my skills. I don’t plan to make another, but I do recommend it if you like this style. It makes up really nicely in the Midi length.